Fact or Fake News: AU hosts panel discussion relating recent events to Arthur Miller's drama

10-3-19 ASHLAND, Ohio -- On Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. on the set of Ashland University Theatre's production of Arthur Miller's An Enemy of the People in Hugo Young Theatre, AU faculty representing the disciplines of journalism, history, business and chemistry will join the show's director to relate  recent headlines and world events to the timelessness of the play.  The panel discussion at the theater, located at 331 College Ave., is free and open to the public and is presented as part of the College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference which is focusing on "Liberty and Responsibility." 

An Enemy of the People was originally written in 1882 by Henrik Ibsen, then adapted in 1950 by Arthur Miller, and produced by AU Theatre in 1980 and now 2019. Every version of the script and show present audiences with “moral conundrums” of the specified time period. 

For this panel discussion, AU faculty will address and discuss questions such as:

  • What responsibility does a scientist have to a community with tainted water? 
  • Does an employee have the freedom to let the public know about a potentially dangerous situation caused by an employer?  
  • What responsibility does a journalist have to report the facts?  
  • Are politicians free to decide that jobs and a strong economy are more important than freedom of speech? 

The panelists will include:

  • Margaret Cogar, Professional Instructor of Journalism and Digital Media
  • Dr. John Moser, Professor of History
  • Dr. Rebecca Schmeller, Assistant Professor of Management
  • Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer, Trustees' Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Those planning to attend the panel discussion are encouraged to see AU Theatre's production of An Enemy of the People which will be performed the previous weekend on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. The production will continue the following weekend on Oct. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125 or online at Ashland.edu/Tickets.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University inaugurated the Symposium Against Indifference in 2001 as a biennial series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness and promoting compassionate engagement. The Symposium seeks to challenge the University community — as well as the wider Ashland community — toward a deeper understanding of difficult issues and toward creative personal and corporate responses.

For more information about the Symposium Against Indifference, visit cas-symposium.blogspot.com or contact Tricia Applegate, Coordinator of CAS Communications at tapplega@ashland.edu or 419.289.5950.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###